Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

2/6/2014 (2 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Laser will be 100,000 times more powerful than all of Earth's power stations combined

Nicknamed the "Death Star," after Darth Vader's planet-destroying satellite in "Star Wars," a new space system currently being built will be the most powerful laser ever created. Called the High-Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System, or HAPLS, the space station will emit 100,000 times more power than all the power stations in the world - for a tiny fraction of a second.

The laser technology will enable many applications in physics, medicine, biology, and materials science.

The laser technology will enable many applications in physics, medicine, biology, and materials science.

Article Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/6/2014 (2 months ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Death Star, Laser, space station


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The HAPLS could give researchers incredible new insights into how the cosmos was created.

Designed to eventually generate a peak power greater than 1 petawatt, or 1015 or 1 quadrillion watts, each pulse will deliver 30 joules of energy in less than 30 femtoseconds, trillionths of a second or 0.00000000000003 seconds. Essentially, the time it takes light to travel a fraction of the width of a human hair.

A bright, shining example of our faith -- go here.

Eventually, the laser system will deliver these pulses of light at 10 hertz, or 10 repetitions per second.

The Extreme Light Infrastructure or ELI Beamlines project is a European Union-funded lab being developed with scientists from around the world. Among those involved are the Lawrence Livermore lab in the United States, and being built in the Czech Republic.

Set to be put into effect by 2017, it will emit a short laser burst with an intensity of 1023 watts per square centimeter.

"ELI will become the first international laser research facility, much like a 'CERN for laser research,' hosting some of the world's most powerful lasers enabling a new era of unique research opportunities for users from all countries," Professor Wolfgang Sandner, director general of the ELI-Delivery Consortium International Association says.
 
Combining technologies from across Europe and around the world, the "death star" relies on a scheme referred to as "double-chirped pulse amplification," which enables high signal to noise in the output pulses which will seed HAPLS.

"HAPLS's high repetition rate will make possible new scientific discoveries," Livermore physicist and HAPLS project manager Constantin Haefner says.

"While scientists have long performed experiments with powerful single-shot lasers, they have never had an opportunity to repeat experiments at 10 times per second."

HAPLS will deliver ultra short, high-energy laser pulses for generating secondary sources of electromagnetic radiation (such as high-brightness x-rays) and accelerating charged particles.

The laser technology will enable many applications in physics, medicine, biology, and materials science.

Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for April 2014
Ecology and Justice:
That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.
Hope for the Sick: That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.



Comments


More Technology

Earth struck by powerful asteroids at least twice a year Watch

Image of Data from monitoring stations which were originally designed to enforce a nuclear test ban treaty has discovered that the Earth is enduring far more dangerous asteroid impacts than previously thought.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Earth was hit by 26 asteroids between the years of 2000 and 2013. The asteroids exploded with a force of between one and 600 kilotons. This phenomenon occurred on average once every six months. More alarmingly, these bodies weren't detected in space and ... continue reading


Upstart Aereo service could change the way world watches TV. Supreme Court will now decide. Watch

Image of Based in Brooklyn, Aereo lets

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Aereo, a tiny, TV streaming service that lets users get their favorite programs through rented antennas is accused of violating broadcasters' copyrights. The Supreme Court appears hesitant in deciding the ABC vs. Aereo lawsuit. The decision could very well ... continue reading


New plan by FDA will help critically sick get early access to care Watch

Image of The FDA's new program aims to get test products into the hands of patients who have no other treatment options.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed a new program aimed at speeding up approvals for medical devices for patients who have no other treatment options available, on April 22. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Called the Expedited Access Premarket ... continue reading


Miracle substance grown in common household blender Watch

Image of Graphene's incredibly strength and flexibility make the material highly useful in manufacturing electronics.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A team of scientists from Ireland and the UK may have just discovered a quick new way to mass produce the wonder material grapheme. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Published in the journal Nature Materials, the team outlines how they managed to produce a quantity ... continue reading


STEM CELL BREAKTHROUGH? Have researchers achieved 'therapeutic cloning' of adults? Watch

Image of The ultimate goal must always respect the dignity of every human life

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

For the first time, researchers claim to have achieved "therapeutic cloning" of adults, which involves producing embryonic cells genetically identical to a donor. It marks the first step in what is called reproductive cloning, or producing a genetic duplicate ... continue reading


DEATH FROM SKIES: Asteroids have missed major cities by sheer luck, scientists say Watch

Image of One asteroid, believed to have hit Earth 3.26 billion years ago, was 36 miles wide, which scientists said was six times bigger than the blast which wiped out dinosaurs.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Barring an incident in Russia last year, asteroids striking the Earth have had very little impact on human life so far that large-scale asteroids have struck Earth three to ten times more often over the past decade than previously thought. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


A NEW EARTH? Astronomers discover remarkably similar planet to our own Watch

Image of The Goldilocks zone, or habitable zone, is the belt around a star where temperatures are ideal for liquid water to pool on a planet's surface.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Astronomers have announced that they have found a planet that is remarkably similar to Earth. Called Kepler-186f, the planet 1.1 times the size of Earth orbiting a star - "only" 490 light years away. Kepler-186f is the first planet discovered with the right ... continue reading


EYES TO THE HEAVENS: Astronomers say there may be a 'new Saturn moon' Watch

Image of The disturbance in the edge of the ring is 20 percent brighter than its surroundings and about 750 miles long and six miles wide.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

All eyes are on the heavens as astronomers theorize that another moon for the ringed planet of Saturn may be on its way. If the heavenly body in the rings of Saturn is confirmed, it would make for the planet's 63rd moon. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


IS THE SECOND COMING NIGH? Four blood moons this year all occur on Jewish holidays Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As climate change wreaks havoc worldwide, and relations between the U.S. and Russia reach a low point over Ukraine, some Christians say that the phenomenon of the "Blood moon" may mean that Christ's return is rapidly approaching. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Will Alibaba devour Facebook? China's massive Alibaba is coming to conquer the United States Watch

Image of Yahoo's dominance has since dwindled as Alibaba has since grown into a global powerhouse.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Ali Baba for those in the west usually means the storybook leader of a gang of fearless, 40 thieves. But this will soon change. A massive e-commerce site from China, Alibaba, with revenue larger than Amazon and eBay combined has decided to go public in the ... continue reading


All Technology News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Peter 5:5-14
5 In the same way, younger people, be subject to the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17
2 for you have said: love is built to last for ever, ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 16:15-20
15 And he said to them, 'Go out to the whole world; ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 25th, 2014 Image

St. Mark
April 25: The second Gospel was written by St. Mark, who, in the New ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter